In 1812 Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Russia in an attempt to force the Russian Emperor Alexander I to continue to side with France against Great Britain. While he had much military success against the Russian military, during the retreat Russian forces had destroyed crops, buildings and anything that could be useful to the French invaders.
This scorched-earth policy applied even to the city of Moscow, which Napoleon reached in September of 1812, but found it empty of food, shelter, and people. With winter approaching, Napoleon was forced to retreat because of lack of supplies and increased attacks by the Russian forces. Having lost 570,000 soldiers to battle, starvation, disease or capture Napoleon was then forced to prepare Poland for an imminent invasion by Russian forces and their Prussian, Austrian, Spanish and British allies.
The War of the Sixth Coalition began in late 1813 and while Napoleon and his forces enjoy many successful battles, they are eventually overpowered by the overwhelming numbers against them. In April of 1814 Napoleon's general's mutinied, and Napoleon abdicated his throne. On May 30th, 1814 the Treaty of Paris (1814) was signed, returning the borders of France to its 1792 borders and exiling Napoleon to the island of Elba. Napoleon would remain on Elba for less than a year, however, escaping back to the mainland in early 1815.
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